Laparoscopy is the name given to surgery that uses a small scope to view the pelvic organs. The scope is inserted through a small incision either at the umbilicus or in the upper abdomen, and other instruments are inserted into the abdomen through small incisions to perform surgical procedures without having to make large incisions or place the surgeon’s hands into the abdominal cavity. Laparoscopy has the advantages of shorter hospital stays, avoiding large abdominal incisions, usually much less pain than a laparotomy, and a more rapid recovery. The laparoscope can often provide a better view of the pelvic organs than laparotomy. Laparoscopy is used for many procedures that have traditionally been done with laparotomy, and is often used when performing a hysterectomy. Most laparoscopic procedures are done using three or four small incisions, but the number of incisions can vary from one, up to five, and occasionally more.
To learn more about all of the Laparoscopy surgical procedures available at Advanced & Minimally Invasive Gynecology, contact our practice.